"As a matter of custom and tradition, heirlooms are objects of value passed down through families to friends and are gifts for future generations.Dry beans were first cultivated in Mexico more than 10,000 years ago, domesticated from wild plants, then cultivated and shared with peoples that spread both north and south to form some of the great empires of the Americas. Today, we find these beans in a multitude of shapes and colors throughout the world. It is these dry bean seeds that are the heartbeat of Rio del Rey."
On Saturday, November 19, farmer Mike Reeske will give Friends of Farming a tour of his Valley Center farm where he is cultivating multiple varieties of rare heirloom beans. Mike works with some of the top chefs in San Diego County and Southern California providing heirloom beans with particular flavors to complement extraordinary entrees. He also works with UC researchers to determine what varieties of beans are naturally resistant to other bean pests and diseases.
Rio Del Rey is the only dry heirloom bean commercial producer in San Diego County and one of only a couple in Southern California. This is a truly unique tour and opportunity to see and sample an increasingly rare product.
Mike is glad to share the magic of heirloom beans with visitors to his farm and will be preparing a special dish for tour participants to enjoy that he is sure will expand what you currently know, or think you know, about beans.
Tour sizes must be held to no more than 20 people per tour.
There will be a tour at 10 am and 11 am.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to discover old crops and new flavors in your backyard. Make sure to respond quickly to reserve your spot.
There will be a waitlist in case additional space opens.
Register today for your spot on this tour:
Tour A: 10:00 am
Tour B: 11:00 am
Any questions can be directed to Casey Anderson at 760-745-3023.